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Rosneft Supports Primorsky Zoo
Oil workers supported the largest seaside zoo "Sadgorod", allocating diesel fuel, which is necessary for heating a terrarium with rare species of reptiles
The zoo opened in Vladivostok in 2007 and has become one of the main “viewing platforms” of the regional capital. 450 different animals live there - from the rarest species of predators (Far Eastern leopard, Amur tiger, bears, and wolves) to artiodactyls, meerkats and porcupines. Prior to the aggravation of the epidemiological situation, hundreds of people came to admire the animals every day. However, the territory is currently closed to visitors due to the current regime of self-isolation.
Thus, the zoo was in a difficult situation. Money from the sale of entrance tickets went including food and animal welfare. Many residents of Vladivostok, companies and organizations, including Rosneft, responded to a request for help. The oil company provided the necessary amount of fuel for space heating.
“The terrarium needs year-round heating, so we always need diesel fuel. We placed a request for help on our social networks: the zoo lives on funds from the sale of entrance tickets, and now, during the period of self-isolation, there are no visitors. Rosneft responded, and today they delivered fuel to us, ”said Sergey Asnovin, director of the zoo.
The amount of fuel will be enough to maintain the required temperature in the terrarium for several months. This is extremely important for the rare species of reptiles that are contained there. For example, in “Sadgorod” live Nile crocodiles - the second largest in the world after combed crocodiles, or tiger pythons, each of which reaches up to five meters in length and weighs up to 50 kg, as well as Paraguayan anacondas - their length can reach four meters . However, other rare reptiles, such as the Cayman skinks, also live in the terrarium - the length of these small lizards is only 12 cm.
Since 2014, Rosneft has been implementing a number of programs and projects for the conservation of biological diversity in the regions of its presence. These are the Evenki Deer and Geese Evenkia projects in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Siberian Sable, programs for the study and conservation of polar bears, walruses, and the Amur tiger population. In 2018, the company initiated a comprehensive research project aimed at studying the Black Sea dolphins.
At the same time, Rosneft’s environmental activities require an interdisciplinary approach, comprehensive studies by representatives of various branches of science: oceanology, geology, sea biology, as well as the study of those animal species that are indicators of the ecosystem’s state. We note that in December 2018, the company approved a public position - Rosneft: contribution to the implementation of the UN goals in the field of sustainable development. ” Thus, the company has confirmed its commitment to high social and environmental standards.